Homecoming Made a Splash

Homecoming Made a Splash
Homecoming Made a Splash

Not even a rainy day could damper the Quaker spirit this year. 

Even when it pours, Sidwell Friends still shines. This year’s homecoming football game saw the Quakers shut out their opponents, the Central Virginia Disciples, in a 42-to-0 rout in the drizzle and rain. 

Homecoming Weekend kicked off Friday night with a celebration of the rich legacy of sports at Sidwell Friends and a recognition of the installation of the Athletic Feature Wall in the David P. Pearson ’52 Athletic Center. The exhibit highlights the sports-related achievements of 11 Sidwell Friends alumni.

Athletic Director John Square, who presented inscribed glass recognitions to the five featured alumni in attendance (and family members of the others), spoke to the gathered audience of more than 100 about the importance of values to the School’s athletic program and the role sports plays in the growth of students.

The next morning, Head of School Bryan Garman, along with a trove of current Sidwell Friends students and faculty, met with prospective families for “A Look at Sidwell Friends Today.” The event invited 4th grade and Middle School students to reflect on their Lower School ethical leadership capstone projects. Guests also heard from student athletes about the vision, purpose, and passion surrounding athletics at Sidwell Friends. And Arts faculty explored teaching through theater and performances to foster community and teamwork.

Then it was time for fun and food as student athletes took to the fields and courts for field hockey, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and, of course, football, while student clubs took to a tent behind Zartman House to host contests, demonstrations, and food sales. There were fan favorites like the 8th grade bake sale; dishes from Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East provided by affinity clubs; chili dinners from girls’ crew; and new treats including barbecue brisket. Youngsters circulated through the crowds selling hot chocolate and cotton candy. Kids were also drawn to the Little Fox Zone, a place where the youngest family members could get their faces painted (fox faces were a popular choice), tackle a craft project, or play a game. 

In the spirit of Homecoming, the Alumni Fan Zone featured a covered patio where alumni could eat a hot meal prepared by the School’s beloved Meriwether Godsey cafeteria staff or have a hot apple cider while listening to tunes and watching the winning football team. Alumni then closed out the day with drinks and fellowship across the street at City Ridge.


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